Learning the Webquest Way Joanna Gerakios Wednesday on the Web
Objectives • Define what a webquest is and explain its components • Understand reasons for using a webquest • Identify areas of my curriculum that lend themselves to using a webquest • Conduct searches and find already-created webquests that fit my curriculum • Determine how to adapt already-created webquests for my use • Explore the possibilities of creating my own webquest
What is a Webquest? • Developed by Bernie Dodge of University of San Diego • Inquiry-based lesson model • Information comes from and activities are based around the Internet Webquests101 http://lightspeed.robinson.k12.tx.us/safevideos/SearchResults.aspx?search=webquest
Interesting, real-life task is at the core Involves higher-level thinking: problem-solving, synthesis, analysis, evaluation, creativity Internet is the primary resource for information Should tie to curriculum standards What makes a quality Webquest? Webquest is more than: • A document containing hyperlinks and questions to answer • Fact gathering • Or just a series of activities
Components of a Webquest • Introduction • Provide overview or describe scenario • Hook the “audience” • Communicate the Essential and Guiding questions • Task • Describe the desired end product or result • Process • Steps needed to accomplish the task • Embed links to online information sources and helps such as organizers, guides, checklists, etc.
Components (cont.) • Evaluation • Describe how the process and product will be evaluated • Group and/or individual grades ? • Rubrics are commonly used • Conclusion • Summarize what should be accomplished • Rhetorical questions or additional links for extension or enrichment • Credits • Any books, websites, images, sounds, etc. used to prepare the webquest
Teacher Page • Introduction • Origin of the lesson and what it is about • Learners • Grade level, content areas, prior knowledge/skills needed • Curriculum Standards • Objectives, outcomes, and types of thinking skills • Process • Cut and paste Process Description for students • Add details for implementing the lesson • Grouping, time needed, variations, related lessons • Resources Needed • Conclusion/Summary • Credits
When? Does it tie to curriculum standards? Does it replace a lesson you're not satisfied with? Do the objectives lend themselves to open-ended questioning? Is the Internet an appropriate source? Is higher order thinking involved? Why and when to use a Webquest? Why? Motivational • Learning tied to real-world tasks • Authentic audience • Resources are timely and from multiple perspectives • Encourage higher level thinking and cooperative learning
Your Task Search the SDSU Database Use the Google search, if needed Find 2-3 Webquests that relate to your curriculum Evaluate the lessons' usefulness—what modifications would you need to make? Examples • Civil Rights (HS) • Insurance Agents Weather Watchers (MS) • Water Cycle (Elem) • Survival (Elem) • Meterology (Primary)
Finding and Adapting Existing Webquests • Start with a topic or standard • Conduct a search • Evaluate and determine ? • Use as is • Minor changes • Need to modify • See the full document: • Adapting and Enhancing Existing Webquests • This method requires some knowledge of web design, but there are other ways . . .
Other Ways to Deliver Your Webquest • If you are not “up to” creating your webquest as a webpage, you can copy and paste the content into Word, Powerpoint, or a wiki or blog • To give students access • Post document on school's Common Folder • Post on a wiki, blog, or Google Docs • URL of existing webquest (if not changing) • Use a template or online tool • If you “piggyback,” remember to get permission and/or credit the source.
Make list of edits or enhancements needed to meet your/your students needs Verify/update links Use Evaluation Rubric Review Design Patterns Get a Peer Review Student Test Drive Tips for Tweaking • Try to start with a WQ with at least 3/5: • Up to date links • Good layout and presentation • Engaging task using higher level thinking • Aligns with our curriculum • Readability is a good match for your students
Webquest Guides: Design Process Process Checklist (to use when designing/adapting) Process Guides (for students) Tools, Templates, and Guides • Online Tools (do not require website design or upload): • Quest Garden ($20 for 2 yrs.) • Filamentality(free) • zWebQuest (free) • Templates: • Original Template(can use in web design software or cut and paste into Word) • Framed Templates (for web design)
More Webquest Resources • WebQuest Home • The Webquest Place • Concept to Classroom Webquest Workshop • Exploring, Using, Adapting, and Creating Webquests • Teachers First Webquest Collection